Alfred State announces faculty and staff accomplishments

Alfred State announces the following accomplishments achieved by faculty and staff this semester:

Melissa Blake, court reporting instructor, recently completed Certified Program Evaluator (CPE) training for the National Court Reporters Association. As a result, Blake is now qualified to evaluate undergraduate court reporting programs, assist schools through the rigorous certification process, and help influence the growth of the court reporting and captioning profession.

Tammy Brackett, assistant professor and chair, Digital Media and Animation, exhibited her work in three venues this fall including the prestigious TONY 2012 (The Other New York) exhibition organized by the Everson Museum in Syracuse. Brackett’s piece, “Field Guide”, was chosen from among 335 artists' work for inclusion in the show. “Field Guide” is a synchronized 2-channel HD video installation with 3-D animation and 5.1 surround sound. The exhibit was on display at the Syracuse University Art Gallery where Brackett also presented “An Evening with Video Artist Tammy Renée Brackett", a presentation which will be published online by Syracuse University. Brackett’s other exhibits included a solo exhibition, “Field Guide Remix”, at the Earlville Opera House in Earlville, and, a third exhibit,” In Words, Drown I”, co-created with artist Jen Pepper which was on exhibit at the Kirkland Arts Center in Clinton.

Dr. Robert Curry, professor and chair, English and Humanities, was a guest panelist at the College Board Annual Forum in Miami in October. The event focused on helping K-12 teachers meet new education standards and expectations. Curry was selected to participate in the event by College Forum president David Coleman.

Erica Matteson, registered health information administrator and instructional support assistant, professional practice experience coordinator, has completed American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) course work for its ICD-10 Academy. Matteson passed the final assessment test to become an AHIMA-approved ICD-10 trainer. ICD is the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems classification system that is used by the healthcare industry to code diseases, symptoms, and other medical conditions. ICD-10-CM/PCS is ICD’s latest coding system which will be implemented in the United States beginning in October 2014. The ICD-10 Academy specializes in training coding professionals and enabling them to train others in the coding profession.

Clifford McPeak, associate professor and sports marketing instructor, recently joined the CEO of USA Volleyball, Doug Beal (who is the former head coach of the 1984 gold medal US Men's Volleyball Olympic Team) for the induction ceremonies at the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA. McPeak is the former CEO for USA Volleyball which is the national governing body for volleyball in the United States. McPeak was also the former chief administrator of the USA Men's Team which won back-to-back gold medals in the 1984 Olympics.

Dr. Rick Mitchell, professor, English and Humanities, has published five new poems including “ Remolding” and “The Race” which were published by Miller’s Pond; “In Her Image” published by The Concho River Review; “Just a Different Game” published by Drown in My Own Fears; and “Workshop” published in The Wisconsin Review. Mitchell has published poetry in some of the best magazines across the nation including The Cold Spring Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Louisville Review, The Cimarron Review, The Pittsburg Quarterly, and Skylark (Purdue University). His first book, Speaking of Seed and Night, was published by Chiron Books.

Spencer Peavey, senior director of student activities & orientation, Alyshia Zurlick, assistant director of orientation, and Mallory Norton, coordinator of parent programs presented on Alfred State’s successful civic engagement program at the National Orientation Directors Annual Conference October 29 in Las Vegas. The event was attended by over 900 higher education professionals from around the world.